Accountability: Yours and Theirs
If you are a regular reader, you know that I talk about the five traits of great managers from Gallup’s State of the American Manager. One of those traits is promoting accountability.
So that we are clear, Dictionary.com defines being accountability as “the state of being accountable, liable, or answerable.” In other words, if you are accountable for something, or someone, you better know what is going on with the thing or person at all times, just in case the boss asks.
Lifehack offers a S.I.M.P.L.E. formula for creating a culture of accountability:
- Set expectations
- Invite commitment
- Measure progress
- Provide feedback (supportive and corrective)
- Link to consequences
- Evaluate effectiveness
Get Your Team on Board
If you lead teams, LeadershipWatch offers four tips for getting your team to embrace accountability:
- Focus on creating a shared purpose
- Be open and specific about expected results
- Pay special attention to team behavior when things go wrong
- Set the right example up front
These are excellent tips to follow if you are working to become a great manager, or if you want to create a team of great managers for your company.